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    Posted by revision (U15207447) on Monday, 8th April 2013

    Critically examine the view that Government has failed to reduce gender or race
    inequalities in the UK

    In the answer scheme it just mentions economic inequalities, jobs etc. But should you mention health inequalities as well?

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    Posted by Modern Studies Teacher (U15172411) on Thursday, 11th April 2013

    Critically examine the view that Government has failed to reduce gender or race
    inequalities in the UK

    In the answer scheme it just mentions economic inequalities, jobs etc. But should you mention health inequalities as well? 
    Hi, thanks for your question. I've printed the MI for this question below;
    • Equal Pay Act; Sex Discrimination Act; Equality Act; The Commission for Equality and Human Rights; Gender Equality Duty Code of Practice; Women’s Enterprise Task Force; Equality Act 2010.
    • Work and Families Act extended the right to request flexible working; extended further 2009.
    • CTC and Working Tax Credit. Affordable child care (‘wraparound childcare’) as crucial to narrowing the wage gap.
    • MW has disproportionately benefited women and minorities. Maternity and paternity leave.
    • Gender pay gap: UK women in full time work earn 10% less per hour (2010). Higher for part-time work.
    • Women make up 60% of the university population; success of women in reaching senior posts varies from place to place. ‘Glass ceiling’ only cracked, not broken.
    • Women make up only 22% of MPs; only 12% of directors in FTSE 100 firms are women despite accounting for over 46% of the labour force.
    • Sex and Power Report 2008.
    • Pay gap has narrowed in some areas.
    • Graduate unemployment is higher for males.
    • In 2010, 20% of married women out-earn their partners; around 19% earn the same.
    • Four in five paid carers are women. The care sector’s poor pay contributes greatly to the gender pay gap.
    • Race Relations Acts.
    • Tackling Race Inequality 2010.
    • Black Pupils Achievement Programme/Aiming High Strategy, REACH and Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force.
    • One Scotland.
    • Unemployment higher amongst minority groups; far higher for 18-24 year olds; employment rates for ethnic minority groups lower but gap narrowing.
    • Growing evidence of a ‘race pay gap’.
    • Very few board members are from ethnic minority groups ‘Race for Opportunity Report.
    • Stephen Lawrence verdict evidence that UK society has moved on from 1993 when Met police accepted it was “institutionally racist”.
    • Women from Black Caribbean, Pakistani and Bangladeshi groups most likely to face a higher risk of unemployment, lower pay and have fewer prospects for promotion. EOC’s ‘Moving On Up? The Way Forward’ report 2007.
    • ‘Glass door’.
    • Credit references to health policies and success or otherwise in reducing gender or race inequalities.
    Other relevant points.

    As you can see, there are lots of examples for you to work with and the last bullet point tells you credit will be given to health policies. Health inequalities are usually measured in terms of life expectancy, mortality (death) rates or morbidity (illness) rates and there is no doubt these figures do vary according to ethnicity and gender so you'd be on the right tracks.

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